Thoughts on OggCamp in Liverpool

Last weekend I went to Liverpool (my first visit there!) to attend OggCamp for the second year in a row. This isn't a part of the software community I normally interact with, but I accidentally went to a LUGRadio event once a couple of years ago and have been hooked ever since!! OggCamp went to 2 days for the first time this year and was a triumph of organisation, with a great venue and a wonderful feel to the whole event. I was particularly impressed (as an event organiser myself) that for an event with no registration, they had the right number of chairs, the venue was the right size, but in fact they didn't have that information so a very well done to whoever made that call :)

I spoke again this year, it seemed to me like since there was voting on the talks, if my talk wouldn't be a good fit then I wouldn't get a slot! So I did put in a talk about source control; a topic that I'll be speaking on in a couple of weeks at TEK-X in Chicago and one that I still feel a little bit wobbly about. Taking the main stage to give a hastily-reduced version of the talk to such a well qualified audience and coming off the stage to feel like it went OK was an excellent preparation for my next speaking event and I got chatting to all sorts of people while I was there. I'm not really a linux nut but I do have ubuntu or kubuntu installed on everything, and it was great to hear a bit more about so many aspects of technology that I use but don't know much about.

The event ended in the traditional live podcast with all the presenters of Linux Outlaws and the Ubuntu UK Podcast all on stage at once. This is always good fun and there were some laughs from the crowd as always.

OggCamp Live Podcast

All in all, a great event, and I'm very much looking forward to next year's!

Speaking at Bradford LUG

Next week I'm taking the plunge and attending a LUG (Linux User Group) meeting for the first time when I attend the Bradford LUG meeting on Wednesday as a speaker. I'll be giving my talk "Working With Web Services" which I'll give at PHP Barcelona a mere 36 hours later (Wednesday is the dry-run, let's hope it goes well!). I'm excited about this topic and looking forward to meeting a new group of geeks - if you are in the area then I hope you'll pop in and join us.